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and he is a little stunned, but otherwise he was okay. nine lives. >> yeah, thank you for starting your morning with us. we have much more coming up on cnn saturday morning, which starts right now. good morning. i am alison kosik. >> i am victor blackwell. it's 8:00 on the east coast and 5:00 out west. thank you for starting your morning with us. we begin with the startling developments in the way the government watches american citizens. facebook revealed its role in the search for information about users. facebook says for the last six months of 2012 it received between 9,000 and 10,000 requests. cnn money correspondent, laura seagull, is following the story.
what are they looking for from facebook? >> that's a good question. that's what everybody is asking themselves, because facebook has over a billion users, and this affects all of us, if you think about it. and really what they said that they were looking for, victor, were cases like a sheriff looking for a missing child, and the national security agency investigating a terrorists threat. you can imagine that is the thing they would go through, but you want to know the scope of it. are they able to do that? i think these are the questions we need to ask ourselves. they have been doing this, if you look at the leaked slides from the nsa, they have been doing it for 2009, and microsoft came forward and said we have had 6,000 to 7,000 warrants over the last six months as well, and
this is an invaluable tool for the national security, and now the government is going and we are beginning to really see this transparency. >> what kind of reaction are we seeing from the people who run the companies that collect this data? in some respect, it's not a request, but they are asking for it and they have to hand it over? >> i talk to these founders for a living, the guys that hack something together and it becomes a company and you have to comply with government requests, and they say it's a huge deal and they are talking about it quite a bit in silicon valley, and then they are demanding transparency. i spoke with one founder who is beginning this initiative to get a lot of investors together, and listen to what he told me, victor. >> a lot wanted to come together and put their voice behind one movement to say, you know, we are not okay with this and we
need to know what is going on and we want some sort of investigation and we want legislative reform, and we want people to be held accountable. >> it's time to have an open discussion. i think you are really beginning to see it with facebook and microsoft pushing forward. you have google and they have been publishing transparent reports for the last couple years, and because this is an invaluable tool now, we are going to have a conversation on what data we are sharing and what government can access it and what they are able to access. >> laura, thank you. edward snowden stunned the world this week when he revealed he is the person that revealed the snooping on the phone use. he is believed to be hiding out in a safe house in hong kong where some are hailing hims a hero.
>> now there are concerns snowden will defect to china. boyce was a government contractor with access to state secrets when he was just 22 years old. he was arrested and convicted of espionage for selling classified information. boys spoke with cnn in 1985. >> some day i might be let out of these prisons, but it's so far in the future that it's really painful even for me to think about all that time passing, you know, because what other than your own life is more
precious to a person, you know, and i forfeited the great bulk of mine. >> okay. so chris boyce, he is out of prison and working on a new book coming out this summer called "the falcon and the snowman." he joins us by phone from the west coast. >> good morning. >> you have been in a similar situation as snowden. what do you think he is feeling right now? >> i assume he is feeling a whole lot of gnawing fear, tension and stress. i read the other day that he disappeared out of his hotel, but he certainly has not disappeared from the chinese police. they will watch his every move. if i was him, i wouldn't trust the chinese. i would not be surprised if at some point they did not extra indict him back to the united states, sell him, in effect, for
some political concession. when and if that happens, his life -- if you think it's stressful now, it will just go further and further down the drain. >> what do you think, what lengths is snowden going to right now to stay out of sight? >> probably i think that all of his movements and activity are controlled now by the chinese government. he can no more hide in china than my wife's french poodle. i don't think he can go into complete fugitive status in china and hide. the government there will have complete control over him. >> i want to know this, and i followed your story, and what drove you to share state secrets with the soviet union, and if you could do it all over again, would you do it? >> no, i would not.
i grew up in a different time than snowden. i grew up with a huge love of the american republic, you know. it was a country at one point, you know, that sent its armies out to free other people. but in my youth, as i started to grow up, i watched the vietnam war and the assassinations and nixon's impeachment and the race riots and it always seemed the federal government was becoming worse and worse, and of course my perspective was flawed, but i don't know -- i think that snowden is motivated to protect the interest of the american people. i know that there might be
tphaurs sisam, but i think he is motivated to show everybody all the crawly things under the intelligence community's rocks. i think it's in the interest of the american people. >> do you support snowden in what he is doing? >> yes, i think that what he did was correct. but i realize that what's -- they are going to indictment him. the federal government will have tasks forces to get him, and eventually i think they will get their hands on him and he will be convicted and turned over to the u.s. u.s., and he will go t prison and his mind will turn to mush, and he will tough it out
for a year or two and then he will regret that he did it to himself. >> what do you think about "the falcon and the snowman," is it an accurate portrayal of what you went through? >> yes, and it was very surreal to be brought out of solitary confinement myself and sit down with the actors that portrayed me and watch a film in a room with federal beau yo krats. the furry and the anger, they were sitting there with us. >> was there a satisfaction then that you felt in watching that? >> yes, but it was also very strange. everything about my life had become strange. i had not seen the sun in, you
know, years, you know. but it was as bizarre and surreal, a moment in my life as i ever could have imagined. i would still be sitting in that, you know, in jail, in solitary, in prison, were it not for the legal wizardry of my wife, but that's another story. >> all right, chris boyce, thank you for your time. >> thank you, and have a good day. >> that's fascinating. there are a few people in the world that can understand the reasons and the response and the reaction to what edward snowden has done. >> it's interesting to hear that he supports him knowing everything that chris boyce went through in his life, and he still supports this guy. >> yeah, and his mind will turn
to mush, as he said. >> until he comes out and writes a book like chris boyce. >> you saw the movie, yeah? >> yeah. >> great movie. and interesting to talk to the guy behind it. much more coming up ahead this hour. >> warren buffett speaks to cnn about women, work, and the message his parents gave him as a child. did michael jackson need a straight jacket? that's what some were wondering for the final few days? why the ceo was warning he's have a mental break down. did this get your attention? how about this, the shocking way chicago is making everybody care about a nationwide problem. 're o be an even better company - and to keep our commitments. and we've made a big commitment to america. bp supports nearly 250,000 jobs here.
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i just wonder if guys are going to look at this and still think, that will never happen to me? physically it can't happen to me. >> i think that's enough to scare them away from anything that will get them into that situation. >> you would hope, but it's not going to happen to them. hopefully they have a sense of responsibility. hopefully something changes because the rate in chicago is far too high. coming up, the debate over women in the workplace. first facebook executive said women need to lean in and warren buffett says women are held back and companies need to do more. >> all men are created equal, and we treated women as second-class citizens and we ignored all this talent. i am an american success story.
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you know that glass ceiling? it still has a way to go before it's shattered. my colleague, poppy harlow sat down with warren buffett. listen to this. >> you say the flood of women in the workforce has neglected one big thing. what is that? >> i would say this, that -- until recently structurely, women were held back. and they are still to some degree. for 150 years after we said all men are created equal, we treated women as totally second class citizens, and so we
ignored all this talent. that's getting corrected to a degree, although there is a ways to go on that. and then the second problem is whether women believed it when they got what i would call brainwashed and i use the example of katherine gram, who -- >> the first ceo of a fortune 500 company, the washington post company. >> sure. and in all kinds of ways, a top notch individual. but she was told by a mother and a husband and the whole world that women could not do as well in business as men, and i said that she saw herself in a fun house mirror that others presented in front of her, and as successful as she was, she never totally got over it. >> never? >> it shows how strong a message can be. the message my sisters heard. they didn't hear it verbally, just through all kinds of actions of people.
they did not have the same future i had. >> it's interesting because you saw it play out in your own family, and you had two sisters that you say your floor was their ceiling. was that parenting? was it society? >> it was society, but it came through parenting and came through their teachers. in every way they were told the best thing is if they married well, and i was told everything in the world was available to me. i was born in 1930. if i had exactly the same wiring i have but i had been a female, my life would have been entirely different. >> i wonder if your message is more for women or men? >> it's for both. it's for both. men should realize, if they had male workers and those workers could accomplish more if they had more education or whatever it might be, they would jump on that in a second. and to take half the people and not recognize that they have just as much potential as the
others and use them is a big mistake. >> so what about in american business? because that you look at the fortune 500 companies, less than 20 have female ceos. >> well, it's a mistake not to use all the talent. we have one woman that is now chairman of four companies, and that's all new. she is doing a terrific job. it comes slowly, and partly that's just a mindset that is different. >> as you have been more outspoken about women and the workforce, there are some that have come back at you and said what about burke shore hathaway, you have five ceos and only 13 of the board members are women, and should changes be happening and should you be doing this? >> changes are happening, and in terms of ceos, i probably only appointed maybe six or seven
ceos because they come with the business. >> when there is a new ceo needed or board member do you look specifically more at women to see if there a woman of equal caliber to take the job to have that diversity? >> i will pick the best person in the end, and if there are two equal and one is a woman, she will probably get the job. >> and that was warren buffett in the workplace, and to get ahead they need a good education under their belts. "girl rising" airs sunday at 9:00 p.m. eastern time. more people have more money and are in debt than in savings. that's why people under 30 are ditching the plastic. >> people in the ages of 18 to 29 are saying no to credit
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the worst wildfire in that state's history. hard rain on friday helped firefighters north of colorado springs get some control over the black forest fire. it's now 30% contained. to the south another fire in royal george park is getting contained, and then across the state 800 people are battling flames. number two, facebook revealed overnight it has received thousands of request for user information. and that disclosure comes just days after edward snowden leaked information about the nsa surveillance of american citizens. facebook says it received as many as 10,000 requests in just the last half of 2012. and if those requests encompassed everything from sheriffs looking for missing persons to terrorists investigations. number three, new video of the castro brothers in ohio, the first moments the brothers were in police custody.
the suspect looks emotionless. and his brothers appear upset with their brother. four, he took heat from some republicans for saying positive things about president obama, and now new jersey governor, chris christi has been hanging out with another democrat. bill clinton. he skipped the event to attend this forum. christie's speech comes after he spoke at his husband's forum. number five. the murder trial of one of the most infamous mob bosses in u.s. history started this week in boston. after a 16-year manhunt, james
"whitey" bulger faces 19 counts of murder, as well as extortion and money laundering and firearms violations, and there will be details about mobs and the fbi corruption. let's go to los angeles where the ceo of michael jackson's promotion company got raked over the coals in the wrongful death trial. according to the testimony the executives chatted days before the event if the king of pop was having a mental breakdown and needed a straight jacket. he would fall on his backside if he decided to dance. attorneys are trying to convince jurors that a & e was negligent. good morning, paul. >> good morning. >> did this week mark a turn in
favor of the jackson family? >> from a public relations stand-point, it most certainly d. because their attorney really did a number on the ceo of aeg, the company that hired michael jackson to do the tour. he caught him in a lot of con a contradictions, and everybody looking at michael jackson was sick and pale and had problems. so i think as a public relations standpoint i think clearly the jacksons scored a lot. whether they are winning the case, though, is another matter. and -- go ahead. >> no, finish your thought. >> the reason i say that s. when you step back from the case, the thing you have to remember ultimately is the claim here, they, the concert company, aeg, was negligent in hiring conrad
murray, the doctor jackson wanted. jackson suggested conrad murray, and at that point in time he had a valid medical license. sit the job of a private corporation to vet and do a substantial analysis of the financial problems of a doctor that is being suggested by a movie person and a music person like michael jackson. and that's really what the case is about. i am not so sure that you win on that case. was it aeg's job to pick the right doctor for michael jackson. >> we will continue to watch that case unfold. let's switch topics for a moment. let's turn to the nsa leaks and the search for edward snowden, and officials think he is in hong kong and could defect to china. does it make him a hero or traitor? >> that's the question of the week. we have revelations of what
everybody thinks is a disturbing amount of governmental surveillance and data, and the u.s. government says they have to do this in order to fight terrorism. those that think that snowden has exposed improper and unconstitutional surveillance of the american citizens think he is a hero, but i am starting to think in the traitor department personally because of the way he is acting. a hero that wants to fight the system and expose unconstitutionality, comes back to the united states and phase the charges publicly, and there was a man put on trial for leaking information and he was exonerated when the charges were dismissed. on the other hand, snowden seems to be in flight and seeking asylum in other countries and maybe a country that is sometimes viewed as an enemy of the united states, china. i think in the end regardless of how heroic his actions might be,
he is looking like a traitor if he is fleeing and seeking asylum in china and elsewhere. >> thank you. >> thank you. remember this? wham. it was the smack heard around the world making rupert murdoch's wife famous. but now it's over. how this partnership is coming to an end next. hey kevin...still eating chalk for heartburn? yeah... try new alka seltzer fruit chews. they work fast on heartburn and taste awesome. these are good. told ya! i'm feeling better already. [ male announcer ] new alka seltzer fruits chews.
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tabloid boss to tabloid star, that's what some people are calling murdoch on twitter after he declared he is divorcing his wife. >> she was very successful before she got married to him and now people are wondering why. why is this happening? >> i think the issues of course are the way in which it has just come out of the blue. if you talk to some people, they would be living together and if you talk to others they would be living separate lives. murdoch filed the divorce in new york, and there appears to be a pre-nup. there is $11 billion worth of assets that mr. murdoch has from his news corp., which is about
to split. the traditional issue in most divorces are getting two people to live out of one person's salary doesn't exist here. his last divorce from his second wife, which was rumored to be worth over $1 billion, and that shows there was plenty of money to go around. >> we will have to wait to see what happens with the $11 billion fortune. let's talk about the tabloid culture. here in the u.s. it's rough, but ferocious in the uk. what has been the response there? >> i think the response has been what you might expect, an enormous amount of speculation, and a certain amount of itlation. murdoch owns much of the press, and you are seeing that in the
united states. what did other newspapers say and what did he his network say? that's where this things moves forward. the totality of coverage. and as this story moves on, as some believe it will, how that develops. now, look, wendy is very well known as being a protector of mr. murdoch, most notably when she slapped a protester. from that point of view, she is a woman in her own right and those are the issues people are looking at. >> thank you, sir. we have been talking about her for weeks, sarah, the little girl with cystic fibrosis in need of a lung transplant, and she got what she needed and her case is encouraging others to
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sarah is on a long road to recovery after getting a new set of lungs this week from an adult donor. sarah's case sparked a national debate over transplant rules. on her facebook page last night her mom posted a long message detailing a new policy change, and she wanted to clear up, quote, misconceptions about sarah's case. her parents fought tireless for her and would not take no for an answer. the situation was similar in the case of gaffen. he needed two lungs and he had a matter of days, and his wife fought and refused to give up. he joins us from london. how are you feeling? >> great, thank you. >> tell us what happened to you. you were in perfect health until your mid-30s, and then you started to have a nagging cough. >> yeah, i get a repetitive cough that lasted really six
years. nobody knew what was wrong or could diagnose anything wrong with me, and my lungs got worse and worse and they said the only thing that would save my life was a lung transplant. >> you needed two lungs and you were turned down by as many as 15 hospitals and your wife refused to take no for an answer. >> yeah, it was a real shock to us when we were turned down by the first hospital in denver, colorado. but julie really fought. she contacted everybody she knew. she went to see doctors, and we contacted many hospitals and were turned down by many, many hospitals. and she kept on fighting, and that was if december of 2007 and then we found a hospital in february of 2008, and i was in my last few days, last few weeks before it was all over for me. >> before you found that hospital, did you think that was it? did you ever feel like you were at the end? >> well, i did.
i must say that i did. hindsight, it's easy to say i was strong and resilient, but really i wasn't. i couldn't breathe. when you can't breathe, nothing else matters. you can't think straight, and i mentally had given up and i thought it was the end of the line. julie did not give up and she kept fighting and fighting and without her i would not be here today. >> i am not sure you know, but right now more than 118,000 people are waiting for an organ, and 18 people die each day waiting for one. and tell us what worked for you that could help other families, that could work with other families. >> what works is to understand the system and to understand the pressure doctors are under and administrators are under and keep yourself in front of them and don't take no for an answer. there are many hospital options and don't put all your eggs in
one basket and say this is the only hospital that can treat me, because there are many hospitals that can do it. it's easy to give up in that position and feel so ill you can't keep going, but keep yourself in front of them. >> does it wind up mattering more who you know? does it become an inside baseball kind of thing to win those organs? >> i don't believe so. i believe the system very fair once you are on the list. the issue i found, and this is just our experience, was getting through the pwur kratices. >> your recovery was long. what kind of advice can you give? >> for me, i always believed that once you can breathe anything is possible. so breathing in and out, it sounds very simple. and the vast majority of people
take it for granted. when you have a lung transplant, you don't take it for granted. i find every day i felt better and better. it took me two years, three years, and i am five years out right now, and i feel better than ever. and two years after i was feeling well, but every day and week after your transplant you are feeling better and better, and it's an amazing procedure. >> your book is called "breathe and let go: a transplant adventure." a big thank you to gavin. and then baseball officials drop the hammer on eight of the players, and one even hit with a suspension that baseball has not handed down in more than seven years. we will tell what you happened. .
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the supreme court ruling on human genes will help women in the fight against breast cancer. she was put in the spotlight when she revealed she carried a gene mutation that puts her at a higher risk of cancer. a utah company said it had a patented on the genes. and the court disagrees. >> in a statement, jolie says i hope the ruling will lead to more women at risk for breast cancer being able to get access to gene testing and to take control of their lives, not just in the u.s. but all over the world, whatever their means and whatever their background. they decided they would make it
into a price range where many women -- i will not say all, but many women can afford it. >> a lot of doctors don't bring up the subject that the test exists. and it's becoming the fabric of our decision, not only because of angelina jolie but because of the court decision. >> i know having covered this story before i came here to cnn, the decision itself is tough to make, but to add money to it, can you afford it to have the information to make the decision, a lot of people would say it's becoming more fair to people who have access to it. major league baseball has handed down eight suspensions as a result as the bench-clearing brawl between the dodgers and diamondbacks. andy? >> you knew there was going to be big-time punishments, and it looks like the diamondbacks got
hit the hardest. kennedy hit puig in the face. he was suspended for ten games, and that's the longest suspe suspension for on-field conduct in years. and the managers for both teams, they served their suspensions, and it was a one-game suspension, and a majority of the players suspended are appealing the division. only two golfers were able to shoot under par yesterday, and one was phil mickelson. he was looking for his first ever win at the major, he would knock down the 20-foot birdie putt. he is tied after yesterday's round. tiger woods is still in the hunt despite being three over, and he is four shots back of the lead.
round two, and it was suspended last night because of darkness, and round three is scheduled to begin around 11:00 eastern. chris bosh's wallet is lighter now. bosh and duncan collides. he takes a full step before he decides to go flying through the air. duncan was called for the play. the finals is tomorrow in san antone yo. if bosh flops again and gets caught, it will go up to $10,000. these foul calls, they can be a big deal. >> what should it be? what is your number, andy? >> chris bosh makes $10,000 in ten minutes? the whole game's pay, he should have to give it up if he gets
caught flopping. >> such a dramatic flop. maybe he should get an award. >> he did sell it well. we have much more ahead on "cnn saturday morning." good morning, i am alison kosik. >> i am victor blackwell. 9:00 on the east coast and 6:00 out west. thank you for starting your morning with us. >> we start with the startling news about the government surveillance of americans. facebook is speak out about how much information it has been handing over to the government. >> facebook says it received as many as 10,000 requests for inform phaeug in the last six months of last year, and that's as many as 19,000 accounts affected. renee marsh is following the story from washington. has there been any reaction from the white house? >> i can tell you this, victor, this morning we are reaching oupt to the white house for reaction and we are digging to
get more insight on what these requests entail, whether the tech companies are being forced to hand over conversations and even photos on these internet websites. meantime on capitol hill this week, the director of the fbi confirmed publicly that prosecutors are preparing a criminal case against nsa leaker, 29-year-old edward snowden. just yesterday holder was asked why the united states has not requested the arrest of snowden and whether they even know where he is. here is what holder had to say. >> this case is still under investigation, and i can assure you that we will hold accountable the person that is responsible for those extremely damaging leaks. the national security of the united states has been damaged as a result of those leaks. the safety of the american people and the safety of people
who reside in allied nations have been put at risk as a result of these leaks. >> well, the leaks that reveal that the federal government has been tracking americans' phone calls, specifically the location and duration of the calls, now the nsa has been feeling pressure from lawmakers who say americans' civil liberties are being violated. in order to prove the success of their surveillance program this very secret agency may declassify information about specific terror plots thwarted as a result of the program. again, what they are trying to do here is prove how successful this surveillance program has been. >> renee, how soon could that information be declassified, and would it really be that specific? >> well, senator diane feinstein has been on the record and she is saying that information could be released as soon as monday. so right around the corner here.
and that information could spell out where the terror plots were thwarted and give us more detail about what the plot was, and the nsa director has promised lawmakers that he would provide more details. >> thank you. another big story we are following this morning, 473 homes in colorado have been destroyed. destroyed by what is being called the worst wildfire in the state's history, but hard rain yesterday helped the firefighters get a control over the fire, and it's 30% contained. but that's little solace to bill and karen monroe, they lost their dream home. one of the most painful moments, watching it burn on television from their hotel room. bill and karen monroe join us live from colorado springs, colorado, this morning. thank you for coming to the
camera there. first, we have to express our sadness for your loss. where are you staying now? >> we're staying in a hotel south of town in the south part of town, about 15 miles away. >> i want you to take me back to the moment when you saw your home burning on television. did you know the fire was that close to your home? what were you feeling at that time? >> well, what i -- we knew that the fire was all over the woods. it's pretty obvious from the smoke plume that it was a massive fire. when you actually see your house burn, it's an emotional kind of an event, because there are houses and homes. for us that was our home. what did you think? >> yeah, we -- yeah, you go to a restaurant or something, and, yeah, that house that burned on tv last night, that was ours.
oh, that one that they kept showing over and over and over? yeah. it's hard. >> do you relive it every time you see it? >> i actually have not watched the whole thing. my kids have been very kind and my husband, okay, why don't you turn your back to the tv right now. >> it's really tough to watch. you know, you see the chairs and things like that on the deck that we sat on just a few days ago, in fact one that i sat on the morning of the fire, and just to realize not so much the flames, but what is behind the flames, all of those personal things that are important to you emotionally, you know, and that's what is tough. the strangest things set you off. >> you have been able to go back to the house? >> no. >> no, but we are really anxious to. i think that's part of the emotional closure, you know. we have seen it burn and it's on the list as destroyed, and, you
know, we are in a constant tug of war with the emotions of losing our home and trying to make good business decisions now moving forward. you know, little things just set you off. you will stick your hand in your pocket and pull out something that reminds you of the house, and it's just really tough. but we are moving forward, and, you know, we got knoed down and we will stand up and do what we need to do. >> i was having a conversation two days ago with a man that was drinking coffee, and he said that he missed his coffee cup that he left in the house that he still is not sure if that house is still standing. it's those little things that you miss. i want to ask about your son's family and your 9-day-old grandson. they were forced out of their home. any update on how they are doing? >> they got in last night. they were -- they had to wait in line for, i think, 45 minutes and they were escorted in, and
you could only get in if you had a pet, and they still had their cat there and they had chickens, and they were able to go in for five minutes, and their house was there and it was burned all around the parameter right up to the house. it was amazing. the firefighters drove their truck up to the cul-de-sac so it was safe, and they watered their chickens for them. i can't say enough for their firefighters. amazing. >> it was really amazing. they let the fuel burn right up to the house and then stopped the fire and left their card, and they are from denver, and on behalf of the entire moreau family, thank you. >> and a lot of people there in colorado springs and central colorado and across the country. thank you so much. our thoughts are with you.
you know, that's not a unique story of the firefighters standing near these buildings and homes and having their backs to the building and spraying water. we know an elementary school was saved by two firefighters who were determined that they were going to save that building and they did whatever they had to and they did. >> it's amazing to hear them talk, and they are so grateful that the firefighters are doing. and the coffee cup, it's true, we take for granted the little things. when you hear these stories, it makes you think twice about the things in your own live. >> and it's no small thing to come to a camera and talk about having your home burn to the ground by a fire. we thank them for doing that. the reason we invite people to come to the camera and tell their story is because we want to go beyond the number of 473. >> it's more than just a family, right? >> yeah, and these are families and places they raised their children. and they are losing more than
just physical, because many of them have insurance. they are losing their sense of security, and they are losing for something that is intangible. we thank you for those that helped. so now a bit lighter, buzz about apple. not the newest mac or ipad, and we are talking about a kill switch. why you will want it for your iphone. that's next. [ ice freezing ]
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nationwide coalition to combat the problem, but apple says they have come up with something to detour would-be thieves. a kill switch for the device. here to tell us about it, the founder of digit world. tell me, how does this work? >> it's pretty sad when the theft of one device or several devices is so prevalent it gets its own nickname, and it's due to the high resale value that apple devices get. and up until now the response has been pretty lack luster. you can erase your phone, and it could be wiped clean and resold. now with the upcoming release with the ios 7, there's a kill switch. you can render it completely useless. >> is there a timetable on this? when would the kill switch be available? you said it could be coming out
soon, and will it stop criminals? >> it's coming out with the upcoming release which is happening in the fall. i don't know if it's going to be a deterrent anytime soon. there are millions of devices that won't be compatible with ios 7, and a thief is not going to know any of that until they have your phone in their hand. i think it's a great precedent. apple is trying to be part of the solution to the huge problem. >> how else can we protect ourselves if you have an iphone or smart phone? >> i think it's really important to keep all of your information backed up, so if somebody walks off with your phone, they are not taking your whole digital life with them. if you are in a place where you feel vulnerable to a theft or mugging, and resist of urge to tweet and keep your iphone in your pocket. >> they are starting to use hash tags like twitter, and first
explain to viewers that don't know what are the hash tags. >> if you have seen them around the been, that number sign or pound sign next to a word or phrase, that's a hash tag. it's a way to organize information by topic. so if you use a hash tag in one of your posts, you are including that post in a larger global conversation around that topic. >> when will everybody start to be able to use the hash tags on facebook? i have not seen the ability yet. are they going to work the same way on twitter, where they consolidate a lot of information? >> yeah, similar to twitter, they are rolling out the hash tag feature in the upcoming weeks, and it's going to work in a similar way to twitter but you will be able to see posts that you are authorized to see. if you put a post up that only should be seen by your friends, only your friends will see that in your hash tag screen.
it's going to look different for everybody. posts can get lost in the stream. this is another way that they are trying to help people find and relocate existing consent that is on facebook. >> thank you so much. >> thank you. and the fallout from the drought last year just added to a nightmarish year. we will tell you how bad it was after the break. [ male announc] in your lifetime, you will lose 3 sets of keys 4 cell phones 7 socks and 6 weeks of sleep but one thing you don't want to lose is any more teeth. if you wear a partial, you are almost twice as likely to lose your supporting teeth. new poligrip and polident for partials 'seal and protect' helps minimize stress, which may damage supporting teeth, by stabilizing your partial. and 'clean and protect' kills odor-causing bacteria. care for your partial. help protect your natural teeth.
with all the tornadoes we have seen this year, consider this. last year was the most expensive for natural disasters in a generation. >> and those disasters from hurricanes to droughts, they costs the u.s. $110 billion, and that's the most since 1980. super storm sandy, that may have been the worst, but it was far from the only one.
>> and it could be a taste of what is to come. first, a look at what those disasters cost us. >> reporter: hurricanes, tornadoses, fires, floods, 2012 was the second costliest year ever in terms of damage according to the national climate datacenter. each weather disaster costing more than $1 billion >> weather is becoming more extreme. >> the most extreme of 2012? super storm sandy. let's not forget the human cost. more than 130 lives. perhaps lost in the coverage, washed away by news of sandy was the year-long drought. the longest since the dust bowl days of the 1930s, affecting more than half the country for
most of the year and costing $30 billion. and remember, the drought leads to wildfires, which last year burned $9 million acres across the country. what is being done? >> this is urgent work and it must begin now. just this week, new york city's mayor, michael bloomberg, proposed a 20 billion plan, to upgrade the city's building codes. new york city suffered $19 billion in damage post sandy, and bloomberg says the forecast by mid century is that a similar storm could cost nearly five times that. $90 billion. >> we can do nothing and expose ourselves to an increasing frequency of sandy-like storms. we could abandon the waterfront or we can make the investments necessary to build a stronger and more resilient new york. >> and we are joined from seaside heights, new jersey.
they suffered so much after super storm sandy, and now how are they doing? >> reporter: just to put things in perspective, seaside heights was one of the iconic images from super storm sandy. who can forget the enormous roller coaster, which was right there on the pier, washing away in the ocean in one piece. generations of families have come to the boardwalk which is 92 years old, to eat the fried dough and sit on the beach and enjoy the rides, and today i am happy to report that this boardwalk has been entirely rebuilt. you can smell the fresh wood still. 85 to 90% of the businesses have re-opened and they say some of those rides will also come back this summer, including one that will be named super storm.
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i want to provide efficient stoves to the world. it's safe, and it's cool to the touch. it prevents the buildup in the lungs. it contributes to better health by preventing skin diseases and eye diseases and you don't have to cut down trees, you can use small branches. it's kind of a little miracle. we started six factories in five countries. we wanted to give employment in the areas where there is poverty. those factories that we started have produced 35,000 stoves. i am addicted to this. the first year i went to latin america eight times on my own nickel. there are a lot of women and children breathing easier because of this stove. i am 70 now and this is what i do in my, quote, retirement, quote. >> some of the things you never consider, the smoke from those
open fires. >> well, the same when you are barbecuing. >> yeah, oh, that's true. >> do you still use a charcoal grill? >> yeah, and you should see me, i am quite good. >> i will take your word on it. here is what is coming up at 10:00 eastern, more on the wildfires in colorado. two are confirmed dead and almost 500 homes destroyed in what has been called the worst wildfire in the state's history. plus the latest on the nsa surveillance program and the government wants facebook to turn over information about its users. we will bring you the latest like only cnn can in 30 minutes for now. >> thank you for watching today. we will see you right back here at the top of the hour. >> yes. "your money" starts right now. thank you for watching, everybody.
america's deepest secrets are outsourced. every day the public companies are making billions of dollars. i am christine romans. this is "your money." we know the government is watching and it's stored in places like this, and this is the new facility in utah. it's 1 million square feet. the largest of several across the country. but the government alone doesn't see those secrets, it's big business. the nsa leak controversy has brought into sharp focus what many americans may not know, big companies whose only responsibility is to return proffer it for share share holders are doing some of the most sensitive work for the national security. 22% of all security clearances are held by contractors, workers like edward snowden, who made $122,000 working for